Why Apple’s iPad is the future of work in healthcare

by Jessica Rall

Why Apple's iPad is the future of work in healthcare

While everyone in the world of work has been under a lot of stress this year, the healthcare sector is one area that’s had a particularly rough go of it in 2020. Medical professionals today face a great deal of pressure to treat a staggering number of patients, as quickly and effectively as possible, and they’re often dealing with limited resources all the while. So, naturally, it stands to reason that they could benefit from some workplace modernization.

Unfortunately, clipboards and paper files have been a mainstay in the healthcare industry for many years. These ways of doing business are outdated and in many cases quite error-prone, but health professionals have nonetheless been saddled with them. As the industry strives to advance to a higher level of quality in patient care, it’s important for providers to adopt better technology that can help.

It’s no secret that digital copies of records can help greatly reduce the risk of losing important information. Then again, not all digital technologies are created equal. Organizations must prioritize IT solutions that offer the promise of security and longevity.

Thankfully, that’s exactly what you get from Apple solutions. iPad, for instance, has seen massive gains in popularity among healthcare workers in recent years. This is largely due to the device’s familiar interface and high ease of use – iPad allows providers to simplify patient services and operational workflow tasks.

Additionally, Apple devices come with security features already built in. These include custom CPU capabilities that power system security features and silicon that’s entirely dedicated to security functions. The most critical component of all is the Secure Enclave coprocessor, which appears on all modern iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS devices, plus all Mac computers with the Apple T2 Security Chip. The Secure Enclave provides the foundation for encrypting data at rest, secure boot in macOS, and biometrics.

Additionally, secure boot of Apple devices ensures that the lowest levels of software aren’t tampered with and that only trusted operating system software from Apple loads at startup. In iOS and iPadOS devices, security begins in immutable code called the Boot ROM, which is laid down during chip fabrication and known as the “hardware root of trust.” On Mac computers with a T2 chip, trust for macOS secure boot begins with the T2 chip itself. (Both the T2 and Secure Enclave also execute their own secure boot processes.)

Additionally, Secure Enclave enables Touch ID and Face ID in Apple devices. This ensures secure authentication while also keeping user biometric data private and secure. In turn, this enables users to enjoy the security of longer and more complex passcodes and passwords with, in many situations, the convenience of swift authentication. All of these security features are possible because of the combination of silicon design, hardware, software, and services that’s available only from Apple.

And in Zones, you’ve got the perfect business partner to help you get up and running with Apple products. Whether you work for a healthcare organization or anywhere else, we have the knowledge and experience required to get your users up to speed – and because of our close strategic relationship with Apple, we have the specific expertise needed to draw up a personalized solution for you. Connect with a Zones Account Manager today, and we can get that process started.

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